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Richard Trevithick: Nautical Labourer

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c1806. High-pressure engine used with the dredger on the Thames.
Trevithick's dredger for the Thames.

Note: This is a sub-section of Richard Trevithick

1808 Built by Richard Trevithick it was a steam dredger and crane that would load and discharge cargoes from ships and also act as a tug boat. The Dockers lead by the Society of Coal Whippers prevented its introduction as they (correctly) viewed it as a threat to their jobs.

Trevithick built this with a financial partner Robert Dickinson


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